Monday, July 30, 2007

Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I read about this book on someone's blog and was intrigued by the premise. While I tend to stay away from a lot of paranormal books, I decided to place it on hold from my library. I am glad I read it and grade this book a B.

Forty-one-year-old school nurse Kate Cypher has returned home to rural Vermont to care for her mother who's afflicted with Alzheimer's. On the night she arrives, a young girl is murdered- a horrific crime that eerily mirrors another from Kate's childhood. Three decades earlier, her dirt-poor friend Del- shunned and derided by classmates as "Potato Girl"- was brutally slain. Her killer was never found, while the victim has since achieved immortality in local legends and ghost stories. Now as this new murder investigation draws Kate irresistibly in, her past and present collide in terrifying, unexpected ways. Because nothing is quite what it seems... and the grim specters of her youth are far from forgotten.

This book was filled with mystery, friendships, the difficultly with aging parents, and old love. It was a touching story and had a great mystery that left me guessing to the very end. I was so sure I thought I knew who the killer was but I was sure wrong.

The story also shows how absolutely cruel children, and adults, can be. I know that when I became a parent, I plan on teaching my children compassion and to only treat others the way you would like to be treated. It breaks my heart some of the things the children in this book say as well as things I have heard in the classroom and I am sure things I have said. I think this book does a great way of touching on this topics.

The story had good plot development and I really enjoyed the way the story was told both during the 70's and in present time. You really learn a lot of the motivation for the characters, especially Kate, and it was well handled.

I am not sure why I rate this book a B. I really can't pinpoint one thing that brought it down, but that was the grade that popped in my mind. Perhaps it was the writers voice, though I am not sure. I would recommend it to those who think the premise sounds interesting since it was enjoyable.

Up next is Meg Cabot's Queen of Babble in the Big City. I enjoyed the first book in this series rating it a B+. I am off to bed so Happy Reading!


Literary Feline said...

This does sound interesting, Kristie. I think I'll add it to my wishlist.

I sometimes find that I have trouble pinning down what it was that I didn't care for in a book--or at least what makes me want to rate it lower.

Kristie said...

I just couldn't but my finger on what it was, but it was an interesting book. Definitely different from other books I have read. I would suggest picking it up!